Thursday, February 27, 2014

Are You the Next Fashion Hero?

One of the many fabulous parts of being a fashion/lifestyle blogger is having the opportunity to meet some of the most amazing powerful women that I admire. Montreal native Caroline Bernier, Founder and CEO of The Fashion Hero, definitely fits into that category.  Caroline has worked in the industry for years, starting out in pageants (working with Ms Universe) and transitioning to producing some of the biggest fashion productions including the Victoria Secret Angels tour. She created the concept of "The Fashion Hero" to empower and inspire people's persception of their own body image and confidence. Caroline saw the prejuidce and negative stereotypes first hand and believed that everyone has a sense of sparkle and shine in them, why should they be turned down because they are not 6 feet tall or a size 00 to be a model? She wanted to create a space to introduce rising talent to major brands and show them that real people can be used in marketing campaigns without all of the "fakeness" of the industry. 

The Fashion Hero's mission is to change narrow standard of the fashion industry, by bringing people who do not fit the traditional norms of the modeling industry to the attention of some International brands.  By joining The Fashion Hero & creating your profile, you get the chance to become a model of this new era and to be part of the change. This is open to girls and guys of any shape, race, single or married, any religion/ethnicity/nationality, and long as your are between the ages of 16-40 years old.  Head to to get started and create your profile, it is a small fee to join but I think it is completely worth it as a percentage will be donated to the national Bulimia/Anorexic Foundation and Anti Bulling Org. 

I just created my profile today so I am happy to walk you through the process. There is an easy 6 steps to creating your profile: 1.Some basic information about yourself 2. A short description of your physical features 3. Your definition of beauty/interests/occupation 4. Some photos of yourself (see mine below),  5. A video clip describing why you should be chosen and introducing yourself to different brands 6. All of your social media links. The next step is getting your family and friends involved to vote! 

In September 2014 a total of 3200 candidates will be selected based on the number of votes received: the top 40 profiles with the most votes for each of the 80 participating countries. Each will receive a professional photoshoot & portfolio (model status!).  Click here to see a full list of brands involved in the movement (which is growing each day). The Fashion hero brands will then choose 100 finalists from the 3,200 semifinalists to appear on the 'The Fashion Hero' TV Show broadcasted internationally and filmed in the Grand Sirenis Hotel and Resort in Riviera Maya, Mexico. The brands will then crown their selected ambassadors at the Grand Finale! Sounds like the ultimate dream right?! Make it your reality and sign up today, what do you have to lose? 

I just created my profile so show me some love and vote here! I will gladly vote back for you ;) Let's make a differnce and see you on the big screen xo 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blazers & Bellinis Giveaway! #ForEveryBella

One of my amazing blog sponsors For Every Bella has something special for you guys! I wanted to show my appreciation for your support and treat you with some fab accessories from their new arrivals. This jeweled chain toggle bracelet with a bright blue stone is the perfect accent for a killer arm party or stack. I am also obsessed with this blogger earring set #perfection (I especially love the hashtag studs).

Here are the contest rules:

1. You must be following & subscribed to my blog (this is a blog giveaway after all) 

2. Follow both @JaclynnBrennan & @foreverybella on instagram

3. Like Blazers and Bellinis and For Every Bella on Facebook 

4. Comment *on this post* and include your name and email 

5. Contest ends Friday, Feb 28th! I will contact the winner via email to arrange shipping. 

The winner will be drawn randomly through an online raffle, no favorites over here! (fair play only) 


Sunday, February 23, 2014

London Calling

Even though I am a few days late, I wanted to rock my British flag sweater by UMGEE USA in honor of London Fashion Week. This was the 1st year that I was invited to attend the shows internationally on my own as a blogger, and it was a great feeling. Although I am unable to make it this season due to work, I was able to extend my invitations to a good friend traveling abroad and I am there in spirit. Friday was a foggy rainy day and I thought, this is the perfect "London-like weather" to snap some pics for the full effect! The rain and moisture has been hard on my hair (and new bangs) so I chose a to wear my "bad hair day" beanie from ASOS. The red flare dress and nude studded booties are from Forever 21. All of my jewelry is by Freida Rothman. 

Dress: Forever 21 | Sweater: UMGEE USA | Booties: Forever 21 | Jewelry: Freida Rothman | 
Beanie: ASOS

Who says you can't look fabulous in the rain? 


Tuesday, February 18, 2014

A La Mode, Bay Ridge BK #SalonSnob

Every fashion week I like to change up my look. I find the best way to make a change in your style is to start with your hair. I have done almost EVERY color and style throughout the years (purple, blue, pink, blonde, long, short)… you name it, I've done it. I believe in taking risks and trying new things, after-all change is good. I have had the opportunity to try out some of the best salons in NYC, NJ, and LA. I'm always on the look out for the next hot spot in hair. I recenetly made the move into Bay Ridge, Brooklyn and I had to do some research to find my next stylist in the area. 

 I must admit, I am definitely a salon snob and my standards for service and execution are not easy to please. A La Mode Salon & Spa is one of the top rated salons ( 4.9 to be exact) in Bay Ridge, located at 7519 3rd Ave.  I decided to try it out last week for a hair transformation during MBFW.  Owners and brothers Shadi & Hamza welcomed me in the salon and created a new look for my hair, something that would really stand out during fashion week. I came in for a consultation prior to my appointment, and they knew right away what to do. I was greeted immediatley, offered water/coffee/tea, and they took my coat. These are essentinal service marks that I look for when going to a salon. The space was extremely clean and organized, and every station was spotless. Hamza chatted with me about my previous colors and treatments so he knew exactly how my hair would take the new color. He asked all of the right questions and was careful not to damage my hair during processing. Most importantly he *listened* to me when I told him I would like to grow out my hair and I did not want to cut off too much. Hamza also gave me the confidence to try wispy bangs. He is a complete perfectionist and even kept the salon open late to finish my look. The violet-red color was absolutely stunning and I fell in love with my new look. 

Overall, I honestly have to give this salon 5 stars for service and the final look. I enjoyed talking to the owners, the staff is extremely friendly/helpful, and I felt like a million bucks when I walked out the doors. I also couldn't believe how busy they were even on a random Wednesday night. It seems like the entire neighborhood goes to A La Mode. I  have no complaints about the salon (maybe just the annoying girl sitting next to me getting her hair done, but then again that could just be me getting used to Brooklyn). I loved all of the products they used, and even though I did extreme color my hair still feels silky and shines. 

I wanted to get the inside scoop from the owners so I could share it with you guys: 

Did you always want to be in the hair industry? When/how did you start your career?

"Hamza: After I finished school, I realized that I am interested in hair fashion. Then, I enrolled in a hair school in Manhattan. After that I worked at Alex hair salon on fifth avenue , Brooklyn, where I started as a small hairstylist. By time, I gained more experience and I had my own clients coming asking for me. As my brother joined and worked with me at the same salon, and both became more experienced and professional by time, we felt that we were ready to take the next step, which is to open our own hair salon."
"Shadi: Hamza was working at Alex salon. I used to visit him all the time there. The more I spent time at the salon, the more I realized that I am interested in hair and what they are doing. After that, I went to beauty school and worked with my brother."

When did you ope the salon?
"We opened A La Mode 6 years ago, on June 3rd 2008."

How is it being brothers and partners, do you enjoy working together?
"We are used to working together. We help each other and find it easy to make decisions and workout things related to business. It’s definitely easier than being a partners with a stranger. We know what goes on in each other's lives and we support each other on everything. We trust each other!"

Do you think hair and fashion are related?
"Of course. Just like fashion trends change every season/ year, hair fashion changes as well. Hair is fashion itself, you could always invent new styles and try new colors, and set new trends." 

Who is your ideal client?
"Every customer is different and unique somehow. I like all my clients especially the ones who trust my work."

Do you have any regrets or things you hope to change?
"Honestly nothing yet. Our business is still new ( 6 years old). We always try to create a better staff, expand the salon, and improve our service."

What was the biggest success of your career?
"At our ages, our biggest success is when we opened A La Mode. The salon transformed our lives. We become owners and responsible for a business."

Where do you see yourself in 10 years, and what advice can you give to future salon owners?
"Owning another salon maybe or becoming famous haha. My advice would be to build a strong organized collaborative staff.

Thank you guys so much for my new look! A La Mode Salon & Spa also offers eyebrow threading, waxing, and makeup services. I will 100% be back there again soon. What do you think of my new look? Check out my insta flicks below 

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Call to make your appointment and tell them I sent you ;) 
(718) 491-1100